Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review and more
Posted on: 05/09/2013 11:17 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review, HTC One Smartphone Review: Android Empowered, GX Gaming KMH 100 Gaming Kit Review, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H Motherboard BUG Update, and Enermax TriAthlor 550W Power Supply Review
Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review @ Legit Reviews
After working with the Buffalo AirStation WZR-600DHP dual-band router, the thing we can say with the most confidence is that we only scratched the surface of what the router â€“ and more specifically, the DD-WRT firmware can do. We don't normally spend too much time with trying to configure and tweak the firmware that comes with the routers that we review, but since the DD-WRT firmware is a major selling point for this router, we wanted to make sure we spent some quality time in the GUI...
Read more: Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review @ Legit ReviewsHTC One Smartphone Review: Android Empowered @ HotHardware
After some delays in manufacturing, the highly anticipated HTC One smartphone is officially here. Although this high-end smartphone has not received the same amount of buzz as Samsung's much-hyped Galaxy S 4, the One has many compelling features that will give Samsung some serious competition among savvy consumers.
The HTC One features a full-metal, zero-gap unibody design along with a number of software features that set the phone apart, including a new home screen with HTC BlinkFeed, and HTC BoomSound which combines front-facing stereo speakers with dedicated amplifiers and Beats Audio integration.
As the flagship smartphone in HTC's line-up, the One features a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB of RAM. The phone is available in both 32GB and 64GB models, depending on your carrier.
This is HTC's answer to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the iPhone 5 and any other high-end smartphone on the market currently. Does it live up to its moniker? Is it really "the One?"
Read more: HTC One Smartphone Review: Android Empowered @ HotHardwareGX Gaming KMH 100 Gaming Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Many people do not have the right gaming gear when they first build or purchase their computer. A lot of the time they discover a game then get really into it. So then they will need to go out and buy that gaming mouse, keyboard and headset. GX Gaming makes a wide variety of gaming peripherals and has put three of their best products together into a single gaming kit called the Gaming KMH 100. It includes GX Gaming's Imperator gaming keyboard, Maurus gaming mouse and Lychas gaming headset. Kits like this are great because they give you everything that you need in one simple package. I'm actually surprised more companies do not have kits like this. Read on as we take a look at all three products included in this kit.
Read more: GX Gaming KMH 100 Gaming Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.orgZOTAC ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini-PC Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
The ZOTAC ZBOX ID89 Plus contains the usual selection of 2.5" hard drive, wireless-n wi-fi and the like but manages to include support for dual channel memory and arrives kitted out with a Core i5 CPU. All in a chassis not much bigger than most external drive enclosures.
Read more: ZOTAC ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini-PC Review @ HardwareHeaven.comSony KDL-55W905A Review @ Techradar
After years of being left hanging limply on the ropes by its big hitting Korean rivals, Sony suddenly exploded back onto the TV scene in 2012 with its multi-award winning HX853 series. This set saw Sony combining its high-end X-Reality Pro processing engine with the most sophisticated local dimming system ever seen on an edge LED TV to spectacular effect, instantly redefining our expectations of what LCD could do.Attempting to ensure the HX853 wasn't a one-off fluke, Sony's engineers have beavered away at another innovation the brand hopes will keep its new W905 flagship TVs - as represented here by the 55-inch Sony 55W905A - ahead of a chasing pack with serious TV teeth. That innovation is called Triluminos, and as we'll discover later, so long as you handle it with a little care, it really is impressive. Its name also handily raises echoes of the legendary Trinitron technology that served Sony so spectacularly well back in the days of CRT (remember those?).
Read more: Sony KDL-55W905A Review @ TechradarECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Motherboard Review @ PC Stats
Today PCSTATS has a real treat for you - the ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Golden motherboard! Every metallic surface on this board is gold plated so it's got quite the 'bling' factor going for it.
Read more: ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Motherboard Review @ PC StatsGigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H Motherboard BUG Update @ PC Stats
There is a major conflict / problem with Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD4H series motherboards and the LSI SAS3041E-R SAS/SATA RAID card. It goes something like this - when a videocard is installed in the PCI Express x16 or x8 slot, the LSI card installed to the PCI Express x4 slot won't be recognized by the system. There are only two workarounds that PCSTATS could find... We're posting this to save fellow users some troubleshooting this issue.
Read more: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H Motherboard BUG Update @ PC StatsOCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD Review @ Guru3D
OCZ Technology has quite a number of SSDs in their lineup from Octane, the Vertex 3, Vertex 4 and more recently the Vector series. The competition is steep though, the market is saturating and we have seen a steady decline in the sales prices of SSDs, I mean what Samsung and Micron are doing these days is pretty impressive.
While stability and safety of your data have become a number one priority for the manufacturers, the technology keeps advancing in a fast pace as it does, the performance numbers a good SSD offers these days are simply breathtaking. 450 to 500 MB/sec on SATA3 is the norm for a single controller based SSD. Next to that, in the past year NAND flash memory (the storage memory used inside an SSD) has become much cheaper as well. Prices now roughly settle at just under 1 USD per GB. As such, SSD technology and NAND storage has gone mainstream. The market is huge, fierce and competitive, but it brought us where we are today... nice volume SSDs at acceptable prices with very fast performance. So OCZ figured, let's take the Sandforce 2281 based unit from the shelves, pop some 20nm NAND flash memory on there and release a fast and reliable SSD at a sweet-spot price. That my friends is the essence of the Vertex 3.20, a Vertex 3 equipped with new 20nm NAND flash memory. The Vertex 3.20 is a SATA III (also known as SATA 6G and SATA 600) SSD that has been beefed up to shock, awe and conquer. The device can top 500 MB/s in both read and writes, pure unadulterated performance from a single SSD.
Not one test system in my lab has a HDD, everything runs on SSD while I receive and retrieve my bigger chunks of data from a NAS server here in the office. The benefits are performance, speed, low power consumption and no noise. You can say that I evangelize SSDs, yes Sir... I am a fan. Today's product reached read speeds of 550 MB/sec with write speeds of 520 MB/sec. When you think about that performance and place it in relation to real-world performance (if the source is equally fast), that means you could copy the entire contents of a CDROM in just over a second to the SSD and a DVD in less than 10 seconds.
Read more: OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD Review @ Guru3DNoreve Sony Xperia Z Leather Case (Tradition - 21038T) Review @ Madshrimps
Noreve manufactures a lot of high quality natural leather cases for PDAs, MP3 Players, laptops, cameras, tablets and more. In this review we will look upon a case for the recently released Sony Xperia Z mobile phone which also has the possibility of mounting a plastic or metallic belt clip. The customization and finish possibilities are rich and depending on what we choose, the waiting time will vary since the cases are hand-made.
Read more: Noreve Sony Xperia Z Leather Case (Tradition - 21038T) Review @ MadshrimpsNoctua NH-U12S And NH-U14S CPU Coolers @ PureOverclock
Noctua has been known for creating performance air cooling solutions with exceptional reliability and attention to detail. They manufacture a wide range of CPU coolers and fans and have a product that fits everyone's needs. And we have the new NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers to put through the wringer, so let's get to it!
Read more: Noctua NH-U12S And NH-U14S CPU Coolers @ PureOverclockThermaltake Urban S21 Review @ OCC
The Thermaltake S21 did not preform very well under high load, and I think it mostly has to do with the lack of cable management. Yes, in a smaller case you are going to see an increase in temperatures, but the enemy is often just cables blocking air flow, and this appears to be what happened here. The lack of support for a top mounted fan didn't help either. Even so, I like to test my cases out as stock, but having the option would lead me to try an extra fan that could potentially lower temperatures. Even though I haven't found a way to properly measure how long it takes temps to drop from load to normal idle, my observation simply concludes that it would take a very long time. Air was getting trapped in the top corner, and I could feel the warmth. Are the temps really out of the realm of normal? No, and I've used cases that are far worse.
Read more: Thermaltake Urban S21 Review @ OCCSamsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review @ PC Stats
Samsung's 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook is the first laptop to cross PCSTATS test bench with Windows 8 installed and a touch screen. Our first impressions of the new interface are positive - poking at the screen with ones fingers easily compliments the keyboard and touchpad to really bring out the best in Microsoft Windows 8 and crack open a whole new world of applications. The touch screen interface is intuitive to learn, landing Samsung's NP540U3C-A01 ultrabook functionally somewhere between a sup'ed-up tablet and laptop.
Read more: Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook Notebook Review @ PC StatsWolf 15 Piece Watch Box @ NikKTech
When we started reviewing watches nearly a year ago we never expected to receive so many possitive comments in our email and Facebook page, especially since we had never done something similar in the past and watches don't really belong in electronics (although they do come pretty close nowadays). Of course because i also happen to like watches a lot and consider them to be pretty much the only jewlery men can wear i was particularly happy to see that many others feel the same as i. However people who happen to own many watches again such as i emailed us asking which watch box we recommend from the vast number of available ones in the market and that actually caught us off guard because lets face it watches can be squeezed in an electronics related review site but a watch box? Still since this is directly related to watches and also because we did promise that we'd do our best to try and deliver reviews of specific products requested by you we started scouting local stores and the net to find the ideal solution. The search ended after a full week when we stumbled accross the 15 Piece Watch Box by Wolf.
Read more: Wolf 15 Piece Watch Box @ NikKTechEnermax TriAthlor 550W Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective
Enermax has a well-earned reputation for delivering reliable power supplies, enclosures, and other accessories to the PC enthusiast market. Their new TriAthlor Series includes three power supplies including 550W, 650W and 700W models. We will be taking a detailed look at the TriAthlor 550W power supply in this review. All TriAthlor power supplies are certified to deliver 80 Plus Bronze efficiencies and feature modular cables and quiet operation. Ecomaster is the authorized US agent for Enermax branded products.
Read more: Enermax TriAthlor 550W Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective